Anyway, as I haven't made anything all year, I thought I would cheat and show you something I made last year! So, last year I got an email from my sister, T saying something like this.....
"Look at this fabric I found. Its really cheap and I bet it would make a really great Dorothy Gale outfit for me for Halloween. I'm sure it would be really easy to make and it would be cheaper than buying the outfit from the Halloween shop".
Now......Here comes the complicated bit. T doesn't own a sewing machine. In fact, I'd be amazed if T has a needle and thread in her possession. And she has NO sewing machine skills whatsoever. Don't get me wrong, I'm not attempting to slag my sister off or insult her in any way (she knows me by now, lol). I'm in the same boat, haha. However, I DO have a sewing machine AND a needle and thread, BUT like T, I also have NO SEWING SKILLS WHATSOEVER!!!! And I'm not being modest here when I say I have no sewing skills. I honestly don't! I took a fancy one day and decided I wanted a sewing machine (just one of many whims). Christmas came and Scrubby Loops kindly bought me said sewing machine.....and that was it......there it sat, gathering crafty dust and taking up space on my floor. And why? Because I'm 33 years of age and have never even plugged in a sewing machine in my life! The last time I used one was when I was 12 years old in Home Economics class. But because I had been off sick with the flu, I was behind in the sewing class so I managed to give big Doe eyes and a pouty lip to my HE teacher and she pretty much made my wall hanging for me. So to say that I have no sewing machine skills at all would be a MAJOR understatement.
But, thankfully (and now all modestly goes out the window, heehee) I manage to pick things up pretty quickly. No, I don't have a photographic memory where I remember each and every detail and I couldn't tell you what a dart is or how to whip stitch, but if I see something once or twice my brain seems to make sense of it and I can somehow fumble and fake my way through whatever it is I'm attempting and manage to make something that is recognisable......most of the time, lol. Believe me.....it doesn't always work out that well, heehee. So.....numpty here gets all excited about removing the dust cover off her sewing machine and replied to little Sis saying....
"Ohhhhhhh thats a great idea, but I think I can find the fabric cheaper. I'll have a look and get back to you. I'll also see if I can find any tutorials on how to make this outfit and we can have a play with my sewing machine".
How do I get myself into these things?? I'm telling you, I sometimes take my role as a big sister too seriously, lol. And those little suckers of siblings of mine have me wrapped around each of their little fingers......and thats 4 little pinkies to be wrapped around! That's a lot of wrapping, lol. Ack well, what else are big sisters for, eh?
And having never even plugged in or threaded a sewing machine before, I was in need of major help. So I went on a search and luckily I am a subbie to the very talented Whitney from Whitney Sews on Youtube and I just happened to watch her video on making her Halloween Mini Mouse Costume. Thank goodness for Whitney, lol. I didn't do the top part the same way as Whitney did, as T wanted a back to the top too. So I had to modify the design and seeing as I had NO idea what I was doing, I think I pulled it off quite well, lol. If you want to check out Whitney's tutorial, here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3edrGKbXLY&list=PLEQFQ2ki0-YDET_Rx6BrfDdThG8uYm7Fh&index=25
And as I always round up my blog posts....that's it from me folks. I will try to be a better blogger, I promise. I'm still destashing and doing out my room, so I will have more things up on Ebay soon. Oh and I still have to do my Freebie Frenzy too. I have stuff that I don't want to bother putting up on ebay....all perfectly good crafty bits and bobs. But its a mix of this and that and its too much bother to list on ebay. So, provided you are happy to pay the postage costs.....I'm sticking them onto a blog post and offering them for free on a first come, first serve basis. I will do a "Heads Up" post letting you know the rules and giving you an idea of when the Freebie Frenzy will be posted. Also, I may be doing a Miss Congeniality Giveaway very soon too. If you have no idea what a "Miss Congeniality Giveaway" is, check out near the bottom of this post for details.